Managing Geographically Dispersed Teams: From Temporary to Permanent Global Virtual Teams

16 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2012

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Tine Hansen

VIA University College

Alexander Hope

Northumbria University

Robert C. Moehler

University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Date Written: May 25, 2012

Abstract

The rise and spread of information communication technologies (ICT) has enabled increasing use of geographically dispersed work teams (Global Virtual Teams). Originally, Global Virtual Teams were mainly organised into temporary projects. Little research has focused on the emergent challenge for organisations to move towards establishing permanent Global Virtual Teams in order to leverage knowledge sharing and cooperation across distance. To close this gap, this paper will set the scene for a research project investigating the changed preconditions for organisations. As daily face-to-face communication is not the basis for developing manager-subordinate, as well as member-member relations, the development of teams to work together efficiently and effectively in a virtual setting has often been neglected. Part of this discussion are the changed parameters in relation to increasing global competition; a new generation of self-lead digital natives, who are already practising virtual relationships and a new approach to work, and currently joining the global workforce; and improved communication technologies.

Keywords: Global Virtual teams, ICT, leadership, motivation, self-management, millenials

Suggested Citation

Hansen, Tine and Hope, Alexander and Moehler, Robert C., Managing Geographically Dispersed Teams: From Temporary to Permanent Global Virtual Teams (May 25, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2143185 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2143185

Tine Hansen

VIA University College ( email )

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Alexander Hope

Northumbria University ( email )

United States
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Robert C. Moehler (Contact Author)

University of Northumbria at Newcastle ( email )

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